Spur Cross Trail

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Rank: #2 in the Carefree and Cave Creek area
#127 in AZ, #3,912 Overall
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Trail in the area near Cave Creek,
“The Spur Cross Trail provides great vistas of Tonto National Forest and the surrounding area.”
Michael Rigney on May 4, 2013
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4.26.7 milesKilometers 551’168 m Ascent 2,764’843 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Doubletrack Type -263’-80 m Descent 2,294’699 m Low 14% Max Grade (8°)
This trail is the first leg of the Cave Creek Cactus Classic mountain bike race held yearly on the second Saurday in November. After crossing normally dry Cave Creek, you'll climb steeply on an old dirt road and then head left on a narrow, well-maintained trail. Some sharp turns and rocky sections toward the end make this a rough trail for beginners.

All along the trail you'll experience the grandeur of the Sonroan Desert at its best. The route is also steeped in the history of the area. The Spur Cross Trail is named after the "dude ranch" which hosted guests from all over the world during the early part of the 20th century. Remnants of the ranch are visible on the right side of the trail as you begin to climb the first steep section.

The parking lot is the the old location of the Phoenix Mine which was one of the richest gold mines during the 1900's. At the summit of the trail, the Hohokam Native American ruins can be seen at the top of rocky promontory jutting from Elephant Mountain.

Desert wildlife abounds all along the trail, including the occasional diamondback rattlesnake during the warmer months.

As with all trails in the Sonoran Desert, bring more water than you think you'll need especially if you're not accustomed to the very dry desert air.
Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks
Local Club: Cave Creek Bicycle Association
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PHOTOS of Spur Cross Trail
  4.4 from 5 votes
I got up at 3:30 AM for this ride and was well-rewarded. (Cave Creek, AZ)
  4.2 from 6 votes
Always look up the trail, even when climbing. I nearly ran over this rat... (Cave Creek, AZ)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Enjoying the Spur Cross trail! (Cave Creek, AZ)
  3.0 from 4 votes
Beginning of the Spur Cross Trail after steep initial climb. (Cave Creek, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
On the Spur Cross Trail with my daughter Crystal, as you can probably te... (Cave Creek, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
poppies on the Spur Cross Trail (Cave Creek, AZ)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Just outside Spur Cross gate looking South at Cave Creek Park in the dis... (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Ocotillo in bloom. (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Junction of Spur Cross Trail and Dragonfly Trail and Tortuga Trail with ... (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Spur Cross Trailhead just after the entrance gate. Stay to the left. (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
South gate of Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. From here, you will be... (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.3 from 3 votes
The view from the "Pass" on Spur Cross Trail. The climb is worth the view. (Cave Creek, AZ)
  2.0 from 3 votes
Beginning of steep section on Spur Cross Trail. The summit is not far so... (Cave Creek, AZ)